Nightly Skin Care Routine

It’s been a while since I wrote about my skin care routine. Which you can read My More Consistent Skincare Routine. My routine is much simpler now and easier than it was in the past. I find that this is working much better now for me. I try to keep it to 5 products and stuck to products that work and are affordable, but there is always that one product thats more and loved. Most of the items that I use and buy are under $20. Expect for the $39 moisturizer that came in my boxy charm box one month.

I use makeup wipes every night to wipe off any makeup. I really like any of the wipes from Yes To. I think the cucumber and grapefruit are my favorites. After I get all of the makeup off I use the Pacifica Beauty Sea Foam Complete Face Wash to wash my face with a Eco Tools Portable Facial Cleansing Brush, the brush sits so nicely in my hand and is perfect for traveling. For a toner I use the Thayers Rose Water Witch Hazel Toner and then after that dries I spray my face with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater, I love how both of these smell and make my face feel. You can also use it to set your makeup, which i like doing. For the last step I have been using the It Cosmetics Confidence In A Jar, I got this in my boxy charm box and I love it, just not the price. I believe I received it in my March box and I have hardly made a dent, a little goes a very long way. I think after I’m done with this jar, I might purchase. Since you only need a very small amount to cover your face, even through it is a lot more than I normally spend on a moisturizer.

For breakouts I will ether add to my nightly routine as needed the Mario Badescu Buffing Lotion for cysts acne and the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for normal whitehead acne. Lately I haven’t really had to reach for these since my skin has been behaving well, which I’m glad for. Also through out the week I do use other mud masks and peels that I have depending on what my skin is doing at that moment. 

I have started taking Evening Primrose every night since April and I have noticed a difference in my skin since starting. I have even less breakouts and the scarring from past breakouts have also faded a bit. I have also increased my water intake throughout the day.

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May Favorites

Bath and Body Works

The water collection is awesome. I love the body scrub , gel wash and lotion. It smells amazing, fresh, light and clean. While Bath and Body Works has the semi annual sale I stocked up on everything that they had for that collection, 75% off at the time. So worth the $4.13 for each item, normally when they are about $13.50-$18.50.

Arctic Fox Ritual

Ritual is such a gorgeous burgundy color and you can use it on unbleached brown hair. Its also one of their more “work safe colors” Which is a plus.

Book of earrings

This little book of earrings have been really helpful with keeping all of my post earrings organized. This little book holds up to 48 pairs. I love that now i can just flip through and see all my pairs of earrings.

H & M Jeans

I love going to H & M for basic tops and pants. Most of my jeans are from H & M, hey for $10 you cant go wrong. I have a light, dark blue, black and white pair. They tend to hold up well and I even wear them to work. I think next I’m going to get some of the $10 jean shorts as well.

Daily burn

I started working out with the daily burn and so far i really like it. If you have a roku or a amazon fire you download the app and have it on your tv while working out. I really like that feature.

4 Tips on washing your hair less

I use to be someone that had to wash my hair almost everyday, especially when I had long hair down to the middle of my back. Now for the past 5 years I have had short pixie like hair, which at the moment, is now a jawline length bob. I only wash my hair 2 times a week max. Normally during the weekend and some time in the of the week. It was pretty easy for me to go longer in between washes since it was so short when I first started. If you have longer hair it might take a little longer to transition to fewer washes but is doable.

START EXTENDING WASHES

If your someone who washes your hair every day, try to make the switch to every other day. As you extend the time between washes, your hair will slowly produce less and less oil as you are no longer stripping your strands of the natural oils your scalp produces. Wash your hair less and you’ll notice that you will be able to extend even longer between washes.

Here are a few tips that can help with the transition for washing less.

TIP #1: DRY SHAMPOO

Dry shampoo is great for days in between washes. You can also spray your roots before going to bed. Adding some dry shampoo to your hair at night before bed will help absorb oil sweat and odor while you’re sleeping, which is when your scalp produces the most oil.

TIP #2 APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Work it through your roots and rinse well with warm water. ACV helps to restore the scalp’s PH levels and removes buildup without stripping them from its natural oils.

TIP #3 DISTRIBUTING OIL

Gently brush through your hair with a real boar-bristle brush which will distribute the natural oils from your scalp through the length of your hair. Start at the roots and use fluid strokes to help the oil travel down the shaft of your hair. This is helpful before going to bed too. This will make your morning easier (less bedhead and knots), but it will also prevent the buildup of oil on the scalp overnight. The oil will wash away from the roots when you shower, it will prevent the buildup that can cause you to need to wash more frequently, and it will naturally conditioned

TIP #4 SHAMPOO

Stick to a gentle shampoo, that’s free of silicones, sulfate and paraben’s. Also don’t forget to brush before lathering up.

 

The first few weeks of training your hair may take some getting used to.

April Favorites

Medusa Jewelry– Finally I was able to switch out the post for my medusa. I went for the 8mm post and is the perfect length for me, not to tight or to big. Before I had a 10 or a 11mm post. I still have enough wiggle room for movement. I paid $9.99 for 4 posts.

Lotus earrings– I was browsing through amazon, what else is new and stumbled on to these earrings. You get 4 different colors, silver, gold, rose gold & black for $6.99. I love how they look and are my favorite for earrings right now.

Fitbit Versa lite – I updated my fitbit flex 2 and I am so happy that I did. I have really enjoyed the versa lite, especially the heart rate monitor for workouts and being able log your workouts, water on the watch. Plus I can check the time and see my step count on my wrist.

I used up the rest of my Pacifica bb cream and was cures to try something new but still on the lines of a natural BB Cream. I picked up Burt’s Bees BB Cream with SPF 15 in light & Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream SPF 30 in light. From what I can tell the Burts Bee is more neutral in color than Physicians Formula, more on the warmer side. Both work well for me since I am neutral with slightly warm undertones. Both apply really nice with a brush, I have yet to try with a sponge.

OGX Bodifying + Bamboo Fiber-Full Sugar High Tousle Spray I really like how much volume this spray gives my hair and does not fall flat. A light hand is needed, at lest for my fine hair, when applying. I normally apply on damp hair and blow dry. I might also add a little volume powder too just for extra poof.

In my April boxy Charm I received a Artist Couture – Diamond Glow Powder Its a loose Powder highlight and can be used on the eyes, lips, face and body. Its amazing! It gives you just enough shimmer.

Pink recently had one of their 8 for $28 sales for underwear and I bought myself some more. I normally wait for a big sale like that to buy underwear from Pink.

Holy Grail Hair and Makeup Favorites of 2018

Too continue my Holy Grails of 2018 I made list of hair and makeup favorites that I really enjoyed and repurchased thought out 2018. You can read about my Holy Grail Home Favorites and Holy Grail Skin Care Favorites.

NYX Epic Ink Liner NYX is insanely dark, pigmented formula that doesn’t flake or fade throughout the day for under $10. My go to liner.

Urban Decay HeatI bought the Urban Decay Heat palette during a black friday sale from ulta for 50% off. Normally $54 and I got it for $27. The colors are gorgeous colors and they blend so well. I can use this palette with no primer if I choose to.

Both Morphe Jacklyn Hill Palette & 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette are to die for. The colors are gorgeous and buttery. I have no need for primer when I use ether palette and the staying power is great. I don’t know which one is my favorite out of the two, it would have to be a tie. I almost got the Jacklyn Hill Vault Collection  instead of the Boss Mood Palette, but then I saw the color story of it in the store and decided for the price and how many shadows you get compared to the 4 and it’s almost the same color story. I thought it was a win win. 

Pacifica’s Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation and Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream Some days I like to use ether one when I want a no makeup makeup look. Both are very light and natural looking.I normally will use one of them on work days and need to be up at 5am, add some mascara and I’m ready to go. The bb cream is a little heaver then the cc cream, I tend to use when I work earlier than normal and have to be up at 4am. Who has time that early to do makeup? Not me.

Maybelline TattooStudio Waterproof Eyebrow Gel This is a game changer. At first I hated it. The spoolie is too big and makes a mess. Then I tired it with a tiny/small angle brush, and I love it! The gel does stay on for about 2-3 if you don’t scrub at your eyebrows, when washing your face. Normally by day 3 I just fill in a tiny bit and I’m good to go, then later that night i will wash it off complete with hardly any effort.

P Quicke Me Light  Dry Shampoo. I picked up the light one for blondes and pastel hair because I have light pinkish color at the moment. It works really well at soaking up any oil I might have in my hair and makes it look so fresh.

Puff Me Up Light  is one of my favorites to use to add volume to my hair. A couple of puffs  in my hair and we have some big hair. 

GlowSpin : Premium Facial Cleansing System I have been loving this Spin Brush. It came with 3 brush heads- daily cleansing facial brush, exfoliating facial brush, and silicone facial brush and 2 settings a lower speed for a gentle, everyday cleanse, or a higher speed for deeper exfoliation. My skin has been looking great since I have been using it.

Overtone I bought the Plumberry Kit with the extreme pink and vibrant purple. I think my favorite part of coloring your hair a fun color is the fade out. Basically Overtone is a conditioning treatment with color and extra-hydrating ingredients. The colors lasts forever me.


Holy Grail Health Favorites of 2018

Too continue my Holy Grails of 2018 I made list of health favorites that I really enjoyed and repurchased thought out 2018. You can read about my Holy Grail Skin Care Favorites,Holy Grail Home Favorites and Hair and Makeup Favorites.

Fitbit Flex 2 – For the longest time I wanted a fitbit. I use my Fitbit Flex 2 to track my steps, sleep, water, period, and fitness. I love tracking all of that on my fitbit. For the most point I reach my 10,000 steps 5 days out of the week. I just find it neat to see how many steps I take in a day. Or how much water I’m drinking for the day. Sleep is one that I need to work on more and I think Im getting better with it. Seems I don’t get enough sleep at night or I’m too restless. In time I would like to up date to one that tracks heart rate for when I work out. *Its seems the flex 2 is no longer offered on the Fitbit website and has been replaced with another model.*

Tone it up– I have tired so many fitness apps but I always go back to the Tone It Up. They have so many type of work outs to pick from. It has daily workouts, on demand workouts and studio classes that you sign up at a certain time and  can chat with before and after the class.  Every week they send emails of workouts for that week. This app does have a monthly fee of I believe $12.

Diva Cup– I started using one in March or April of last year and it has been life changing! I absolutely love mine. I hardly feel the cup, once I trimmed the stem and it settles in. Honesty I forget sometime I have my period. The best part, absolutely no leaks. I have also saved so much money since buying and switching from tampons and liners to my diva cup. You also save on creating zero waste for the environment, since it is reusable.

Zenni Optical– They offer so many affordable glasses its unreal. We no longer buy our glasses in store. I have 6 pairs of glasses from them. I don’t want to know how much I would spent in a store or at a Dr’s office for glasses between my husband and myself. Im so glad I found them. They also accept FSA/HSA.